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Topic # 100734 17-Apr-2012 20:50
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Is there a way to combine two satellite signals into one? Like the form of an adapter etc.
I want to do this because another satellite that leads into the house is pointing in another direction and picks up channels from UBI, I am interested in keeping RT amongst a few others.

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  Reply # 610822 17-Apr-2012 21:12
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I've edited the subject so other members know what you're asking. "Is There..." isn't likely to have many members viewing the topic, and may even be ignored by the member who might have the answer you require.

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  Reply # 610824 17-Apr-2012 21:14

Hi, yes there is a way to combine two feeds. You can buy a diseqc switch from a satellite shop like satmax.co.nz and program your decoder to switch between each dish. The decoder will send a signal to the diseqc switch up the satellite cable when you change channels. They can be a bit tricky to setup, but work well when you have.

I've got a four input one on my rooftop between my dishes and can select between Optus d1, d2, Intelsat 5 & Intelsat 8. Most Sat decoders can drive them ok.

An easier way is with a 2 input 22k switch. Likewise they are programmed in the Sat decoder but can interfere with the function of dual lnbs or dual band lnbs as they also use the 22k signal to switch.
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  Reply # 610827 17-Apr-2012 21:19
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An easier way is with a 2 input 22k switch. Likewise they are programmed in the Sat decoder but can interfere with the function of dual lnbs or dual band lnbs as they also use the 22k signal to switch.,


@Bighammer, thankyou and apologies for any confusion.

Can I buy one of these switches from like Dick Smith or Jaycar? Do they have a specific name or something, Im having trouble finding the correct one.

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  Reply # 610907 18-Apr-2012 00:24

The simple 2 way ones are called '22k switches'. This is because they switch using a 22kHz tone sent back up the cable. Tone on or off for selecting each input.

I doubt if Jaycar would have one as they haven't got into the satellite enthusiast area yet.

I don't think Dick Smith would know what they were. They are more appliance shop now than component shop.




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  Reply # 610909 18-Apr-2012 00:29

I needed a diseqc switch while on holiday and just called aerial installers around my location until I found one who had a four way one in his van that he sold me. I wouldn't expect to pay more than $30 for one.




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  Reply # 610966 18-Apr-2012 08:31
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BigHammer: I've edited the subject so other members know what you're asking. "Is There..." isn't likely to have many members viewing the topic, and may even be ignored by the member who might have the answer you require.


+1 - it really irks me when people put "nothing" subjects on topics. I figure it is usually an educational thing where the OP needs some education on posting threads.

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  Reply # 611130 18-Apr-2012 13:27
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OP: keep in mind that DiSEqC/22k switch solutions only allow you to watch channels from one satellite at a time - that could prove to be a problem if you have multiple receivers connected to the dish. There is a more advanced (and thus, more expensive) type of switch called a multiswitch that allows each receiver to watch whatever channel they want independent of the other receivers.

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